Which features make a great CMS?

The top features you need in order to have a simple, flexible and responsive digital experience.

There are loads of content management systems on the market, all offering slightly different feature line-ups. But with so many options to choose from, it can seem like a real jungle out there. So, in this feature free-for-all, what are the tools that your CMS absolutely must have?

Drag and drop

Drag and drop is usually implemented through the admin console and will save you heaps of time and frustration by helping you upload images and files, sort the order of content or images, and drag components around your landing page. Simply put, drag and drop makes for a more responsive CMS.

Image handling

A great CMS not only supports editing like crop, rotate, and flip, but it should also support focus points. So when you come along with that portrait of a standing person, you can safely upload and assign focal point to the face, even if the given template specifies the shown image to be in narrow landscape mode.


Intuitive and easy navigation are the key elements in this equation. Adherence to UX and accessibility principles, as well as a responsive design compatible with small screens for when you are on the go, are also paramount. All of these elements can further be boosted by video tutorials, blog posts, or other training resources.

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Multilingual support

To help with the translation process, look for a CMS with multilingual capabilities such as supporting any character (UTF-8).


A great question to ask is whether the CMS can support highly structured content like recipes or products. You also want a CMS that makes it easy to manage your landing pages without bringing in a developer.

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Version control

As an added bonus, version control allows you to make edits to already published content without having to worry about messing up the live version.


Hacking attempts are becoming increasingly common and breaches in your security, especially in how you handle private customer information, will cause huge reputational damage to your brand.

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Open APIs

For a future proof CMS, having the ability to seamlessly integrate your business systems and services is a no-brainer.


If you plan to run your project with in-house developers, you also want to make sure there’s a vibrant community to help them.


With these must-have features up your sleeve, you’ll have no problems finding a CMS that will make life easier for your digital team, all while boosting the quality of your user experiences.

Originally published at https://enonic.com on January 27, 2020.

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